WV KISRA Promotes Workplace Wellness to Prevent Chronic Diseases
Submission Date: May 2021
Entry Type: Case Study
State/Territory Submitted on the Behalf of: West Virginia
States/Territories Involved: West Virginia
Funding Source: CDCCDC Funding:
YesCDC Funding (Specified):
(1305) State Public HealthOther Funding:
Local fundingDomain Addressed:
Environmental ApproachesPublic Health Issue:
- According to the State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2017, West Virginia has the second highest rate of obesity in the nation.
- Since most full-time working adults spend time at work, effective workplace programs and policies can help reduce obesity and improve chronic disease outcomes.
- West Virginia small employers need resources and programs that will support worker’s healthy diets and regular physical activity while at work. A healthy diet combined with physical activity can lower risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.
- Improve CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard from one year baseline results
- Offer healthy options at meetings and trainings
- Encourage all KISRA staff to participate in the following:
- American Heart Association Check.Change.Control high blood pressure prevention program
- One month walk campaign (goal 10,000 steps per day)
- Take the Stairs Challenge (post signs by elevators & stairs)
- Attend health fair to assess chronic disease risk factors & create goals
- Encouraged all KISRA staff to:
- Participate in the American Heart Association Check.Change.Control high blood pressure prevention program;
- To increase their daily steps to 10,000 steps per day;
- To take the stairs instead of using elevators; and
- To attend a health fair to assess chronic disease risk factors & set wellness goals.
- Offered American Heart Association Mobile Kitchen cooking classes on cooking healthy meals with less sodium
- Implemented Lunch & Learn sessions on wellness topics such as walking groups, Know Your Numbers, & portion control
- KISRA increased the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard score by five points.
- Staff said they enjoyed the AHA Mobile Kitchen Cooking Classes and showed excitement about cooking meals with less sodium & learning to monitor blood pressure. The cooking class was featured in local news. Many said they appreciated the Lunch & Learn topics and new knowledge on wellness.
- KISRA developed and shared a healthy meeting food and beverage pledge and developed a “how to guide” based on wellness program and lessons learned to share with other worksites
- Other results:
- 70% of employees participated in the NRG workplace program
- 50% of employees participated in Check.Change.Control
- 60% of employees participated in campaign log (includes numbers of steps)
- 50% of employees participated in the health fair
- Getting all leadership & staff to “buy in” and participate is key to the success of worksite wellness programing.
- Some staff saw the benefits and appreciated the efforts being made while others complained. We had to make sure we worked to accommodate the needs of both.
- It’s important to empower the workplace wellness committee to assist more and take the lead on some activities, challenges and events.
- CDC Workplace Health Model and resources are useful, and include a built-in process for quality improvement, creating a culture of health, and sustaining workplace wellness programs.
- Present project, lessons, learned, resources during Try This WV 2018 Breakout session: Creating a Workplace Wellness Program on a Shoestring
- Promote worksite wellness and KISRA wellness resources at exhibit table showcasing NRG
- Analyze data collected on blood pressure readings (Check Change Control & One Community Online Portal) to assess changes in blood pressure
- Evaluate the wellness program and reassess worksite wellness strategies using CDC worksite scoring and workplace framework
Primary web link for more information:Program Areas:
Worksite HealthState Contact Information:
LaTausha Taylor (email@example.com)/Jessica Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org)
KISRA Workplace Wellness Coordinator/WV Chronic Disease Director